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The Spanish Royal Crown, symbol of the Patrimonio Nacional

Patrimonio Nacional (English: National Heritage) is a Spanish agency, under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of the Presidency, that administers the sites owned by the Spanish State and used by the King of Spain and the Spanish Royal Family as residences and for State Ceremonies. The Patrimonio Nacional includes palaces, gardens, monasteries and convents, called the Royal sites. When not in official use, the Royal sites are open to the public. It also manages the residences of the president of the government of Spain.

During the reign of Alfonso XIII, it was known as Patrimonio Real (Royal Heritage).

Patrimonio Nacional organizes temporary exhibitions and concerts in the Royal sites. It also publishes catalogues of the Royal Collections, books on the Royal sites, facsimiles of some of the books held in the library of El Escorial and the Royal Library, visitors guides to the different sites as well as the official photographs of the King of Spain. It also publishes a quarterly magazine, Reales Sitios, about the art collections and cultural history of the Royal sites.

The Royal Family has other palaces but these are not controlled by Patrimonio Nacional.


Royal PlacesEdit

Residences of the President of the GovernmentEdit

The BoardEdit

The Board of Directors, according to Act 23/1982 is composed by a Chairman and a Manager appointed by the King, with the advice of the Prime Minister; and ten members of renowned reputation, including two City Councilors of towns where properties of Patrimonio Nacional are located (currently the cities of Madrid and Palma).

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